This article describes a $1.3 million project that allows 200 commuters to communicate traffic information to other participants using GPS and handheld computers linked to a central server. The project, which is being conducted by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Studies, allows participating drivers to essentially act as highway probes. Data collected from their vehicles creates snapshots of traffic patterns, which are automatically communicated to drivers, who receive the information via a synthesized voice that warns of traffic jams and suggests alternative routes. The costs involved for such a system are briefly discussed as the article poses the question of how much people would be willing to spend in order to avoid sitting in traffic.

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    James Informational Media, Incorporated

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  • Publication Date: 2005-9


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  • Accession Number: 01006917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:32AM